[ bawk-lahyn ]
/ ˈbɔkˌlaɪn /


Sports. (in track events) the starting line.
  1. a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game.
  2. any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of the cushion, that divide the table into a large central panel or section and eight smaller sections or balks lying between these.
  3. a balk lying inside one of these sections.
  4. balk(def 11).

Nearby words

  1. balkans,
  2. balkar,
  3. balkh,
  4. balkhash,
  5. balkis,
  6. balky,
  7. ball,
  8. ball ammunition,
  9. ball and chain,
  10. ball and ring

Origin of balkline

First recorded in 1830–40; balk + line1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019